PE Acquisitions Hit Speed Bump

Private equity acquisition activity globally appears headed for a year-over-year drop in both deal count and transaction value in the third quarter. As of Sept. 27, there were 374 deals worth $94.42 billion during the quarter, according to Dealogic data. For the full third quarter of 2017, there were 458 deals with transaction values totaling $138.47 billion. Barring a burst […]

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Private Equity Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2018 and Dec 2018 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jones Day

Goodwin Procter LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

DLA Piper

Ropes & Gray LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

White & Case LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Hogan Lovells

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Cooley LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Dechert LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Dentons

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Linklaters LLP

P+P Pollath Partners

Mayer Brown LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

CMS Legal Services EEIG

Locke Lord LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Travers Smith LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Baker Botts LLP

Cuatrecasas

NautaDutilh NV

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Osborne Clarke

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Ashurst LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Torys LLP

Stibbe

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

King & Wood Mallesons

McGuireWoods LLP

Honigman LLP

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Slaughter and May Ltd.

Hengeler Mueller

Noerr LLP

Chiomenti Studio Legale

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Gowling WLG International Ltd.

Legance Studio Legale Associato

The Featured Dealmakers are the most prominent lawyers in the PE sector based on firm ranking and deal activity. All names displayed in alphabetical order. All names displayed in alphabetical order, with priority given to Activated Profiles.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Representing - Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC

Paul S. Bird is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and a senior partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group. He advises private equity firms, public companies, boards of directors and special committees in mergers and acquisitions and other significant corporate matters, including cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and takeover defense.

psbird@debevoise.com

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Representing - Kelso & Company

Kevin M. Schmidt is a corporate partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Private Equity Group. He has worked extensively on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, including cross-border transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. He is experienced in navigating clients through a variety of complex transaction structures in today’s evolving deal marketplace, including portfolio secondaries, co-invests, SPACs and a wide variety of bespoke investment opportunities.

 

kmschmidt@debevoise.com

Matthew Abbott

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Representing - General Atlantic LLC

David Brown

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Platinum Equity LLC

Richard Capelouto

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Hellman & Friedman LLC, Silver Lake Partners LP

Gordon Caplan

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Representing - Insight Venture Partners LLC

Stuart Casillas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Vista Equity Partners LLC

Eunu Chun

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Warburg Pincus LLC

Armand Della Monica

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Abry Partners LLC

Daniel Eisner

DLA Piper

Representing - Arsenal Capital Partners LP

Doug Gessner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Howard Glazer

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - Genstar Capital LLC

Gary Horowitz

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

Julie Jones

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - TPG Capital LP

Mehdi Khodadad

Cooley LLP

Representing - Clearlake Capital Group LP

Joshua Kogan

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - New Mountain Capital LLC

Daniel Lennon

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Carlyle Group LP

Carl Marcellino

Ropes & Gray LLP

Representing - H.I.G. Capital LLC

Wilson Neely

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Representing - Blackstone Group LP

Gerald Nowak

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Thoma Bravo LLC

Sanford Perl

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Madison Dearborn Partners LLC

Adam Phillips

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Francisco Partners Management LLC

Richard Presutti

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Representing - Marlin Equity Partners LLC

Stephen Ritchie

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - GTCR LLC

Jeffrey Seifman

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Audax Group LP, Parthenon Capital Partners LP

Steven Shoemate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Representing - L Catterton

Howard Sobel

Latham & Watkins LLP

Representing - Leonard Green & Partners LP

Howard Spilko

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Representing - Stone Point Capital LLC

Kevin Sullivan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Representing - Providence Equity Partners LLC

Kenneth Wolff

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Representing - Veritas Capital Fund Management LLC

Taurie Zeitzer

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Representing - Apollo Global Management LLC

Ted Zook

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Representing - Summit Partners